Rivers demolishes House of Assembly Complex, cites renovation - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Rivers demolishes House of Assembly Complex, cites renovation

The political crisis in Rivers State seems to have gone down the wire as the state government has decided to demolish and rebuild the House of Assembly Complex, citing structural defects which arose mainly as a result of the explosion and fire incident on October 29 which rendered the main building unfit for human use.

A statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information Mr  Joseph Johnson said after the visit of the Governor, Siminalayi Fubara to inspect the level of damage done to the building on the day of the fire incident, “it became necessary to invite professionals to advice the government on the integrity of the building”.

It would be recalled that on the night of the attack, explosive dynamites were detonated used to attack the complex which shook it to foundation. “There were visible cracks on the walls afterwards, and the entire structure looked frail and unsafe for legislative business

"After the assessment of the integrity of the complex, the experts warned the government that continuing to use the building in its present state would be disastrous", he said, noting that the government had tried all cost saving measures towards repair of the complex until it bowed to superior view of rebuilding the complex to a more befitting edifice.

The state Commissioner for Information, Joseph Johnson said “in the interim, the Rivers State Government has provided an alternative venue for the House of Assembly to conduct their affairs pending the rebuilding of the complex”, he said without disclosing the alternative location for the lawmakers to sit for their legislative duties.


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